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Alamo Chapter Engages in Random Acts of Kindness for ICU Day
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:50 AM

ICU Day with Alamo Chapter
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The Alamo Chapter of Credit Unions planned a giving event to celebrate International Credit Union Day, called Random Acts of Kindness. Five of the chapter board members and various credit union staff made purposeful contact with citizens in their communities.

Chapter Director Edna Narum, also chief financial officer for CPS/IBEW Federal Credit Union, said, "It felt so good to be doing things for others, and everyone was so surprised." 

Some of the random acts of kindness included:

  • They paid for the pedicure of a woman who spent much of her time taking care of her husband who is sick with cancer. Her daughter had told her to go do something for herself that day, so she decided to get a pedicure.
  • They bought cookies and delivered them to a daycare center at 3 p.m. when they knew the teachers needed a break.
  • They also took cookies to a pediatric urgent care center.
  • They stopped at a donut shop where they found a nurse buying donuts to take to work; they paid for the donuts and thanked her for her service.
  • They bought gas for a high school student on their way to get their transcript so they could enroll in college.
  • They bought several gift cards and handed them out to people buying gas.
  • They went to the grocery store and bought groceries for a retired military gentleman who was in a wheelchair, a little older lady with a walker, and a group of fireman.

"It is sometimes hard to be kind, because people did not trust them and were so skeptical," Narum said. They had to work to convince some recipients that they were for real and wanted nothing in return. "Seeing people's genuine gratitude makes me want to do things like this more often on my own," Narum added.  

Because the kindness givers did this as a chapter, no one credit union had to pay for everything, and they all shared in the joy of doing something good.

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